Masakazu Fujiwara

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Fujiwara at the Berlin Marathon 2012

Masakazu Fujiwara (born 6 March 1981 in Ōkawachi, Hyōgo), in Japanese 藤原正和, is Japanese long-distance runner, who specializes in the marathon. He has a personal best of 2:08:12 hours for the event. He was the 2013 Japanese champion in the marathon and won the 2010 Tokyo Marathon. He trains at Honda Sports team.[1]

He graduated the Chuo University, where he competed in track and field. He ran an Asian junior record of 28:17.38 minutes for the 10,000 metres.[2] He participated four times in the Hakone Ekiden. He won the half marathon at the 2001 Summer Universiade in Beijing. In 2003 he began to compete in marathon, he finished third with a time of 2:08:12 at the 2003 Lake Biwa Marathon.[3] This was the fastest ever debut for a Japanese runner.[4] He represented Japan at the marathon at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, but he could not complete the event due to a knee injury.[5]

After this rapid ascent, he stagnated as a runner in the following years. Highlights of this period include a runner-up finish at the 2005 Ome 30 km Road Race and a fourth place finish at the Asian Cross Country Championships in 2007, where he led Japan to the team bronze.[6] He started well at the 2008 Lake Biwa Marathon but faded in the second half to ninth place.[7]

His career began to turn around in 2010. That year he won the Tokyo Marathon with a time of 2:12:19 hours, beating his namesake Arata Fujiwara in wet conditions.[8] He ran at the 2010 Berlin Marathon later that year and ranked in the top ten with a time of 2:12:00 hours (his best in seven years).[9] He missed 2011 due to injury. On his return in 2012 he managed only 31st at the Tokyo Marathon but clocked 2:11:31 hours for tenth at the 2012 Berlin Marathon.[10]

Ten years after his record debut run, he returned to Lake Biwa and dipped under two hours and ten minutes for the first time in a decade. His run of 2:08:51 was enough for fourth place and as the first Japanese he won his first national title in the marathon.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Honda Motor Co. Sports team profile Honda. Retrieved on 2010-05-08.
  2. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2001-01-04). The new year starts off with Ekiden Championships in Japan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.
  3. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2003-03-02). Japhet Kosgei just short of course record in Lake Biwa Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.
  4. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2013-03-01). Kipruto faces Kirui in Lake Biwa, Japan's final qualifying race for Moscow. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.
  5. ^ 藤原正V日本人初 40キロ、帽子投げスパート Tokyo Shimbun(2010-03-01). Retrieved on 2010-07-15.
  6. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2007-03-11). Jamal and Hassan dominate at Asian XC champs - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.
  7. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2008-03-03). Shami wins Lake Biwa Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.
  8. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2010-02-28). Beating horrendous conditions, Fujiwara and Biktimirova collect Tokyo Marathon wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-05-08.
  9. ^ Butcher, Pat (2010-09-26). Makau and Kebede triumph in rainy Berlin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.
  10. ^ September 2012 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.
  11. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2013-03-03). Kipruto out-sprints Jufar to win Lake Biwa Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-04.

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